Operation Daybreak

Operation Daybreak

Lewis Gilbert (1975)

AA Certificate


Our Score
A grimly exciting war drama about the Czech resistance's plot to kill Reinhard Heydrich, deputy chief of the Gestapo and better known as Hitler's "Hangman". This is drily, if expertly, directed by Reach for the Sky veteran Lewis Gilbert, and features a motley cast including American Timothy Bottoms and a particularly excellent Anthony Andrews as Czech patriots. That this film convinces is a tribute to the story, and today, when the village of Lidice, which was razed by the Nazis in reprisal for the assassination, is hardly remembered, its telling is still timely.


Fact-based Second World War drama about the assassination of leading Nazi Reinhard Heydrich and the subsequent search for the British-trained Czech patriots who killed him. As German forces scoured the countryside, the apparently insignificant village of Lidice came to bear the brunt of their rage. Starring Timothy Bottoms, Martin Shaw, Joss Ackland, Nicola Pagett, Anton Diffring and Anthony Andrews.

Cast & Crew

Jan Kubis Timothy Bottoms
Karel Curda Martin Shaw
Janak Joss Ackland
Anna Nicola Pagett
Joseph Gabcik Anthony Andrews
Reinhard Heydrich Anton Diffring
Aunt Marie Diana Coupland
Father Petrek Cyril Shaps
Hajek Ray Smith
Vaclav Timothy West
Director Lewis Gilbert
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video